Outer Banks Fishing Guide: Tips for Ocean & Sound Fishing Through Labor Day

31758-300x300From the ocean to the sounds, fishing piers to offshore charters, recreational fisherman will find an unparalleled array of fish on the Outer Banks. As one of the East Coast’s most popular fishing destinations, fishermen make yearly pilgrimages to the Outer Banks, a mecca of sport fishing . The most popular of these locations are the waters surrounding Hatteras Island, although spots along the entire Outer Banks provide fantastic conditions for every type of fishing enthusiast.

So if you’re headed down to the OBX to cast your line, check out some of these tips to ensure yourself a memorable fishing experience!

Ocean Fishing

Surf and Pier Fishing

Surf and pier fishing begin in March and peak in May and again in November.

For those that enjoy fishing in the surf, there are innumerable options along more than 100 miles of coastline. Pier fishermen can enjoy several Outer Banks piers located from Kill Devil Hills to Hatteras.

Offshore Charter Fishing

Skirt Chaser Sport Fishing, Outer Banks, NCOften called “The Billfish Capital of the World,” anglers from all across the globe come to the Outer Banks, primarily to Oregon Inlet, to set out in search of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish. Hundreds of these magnificent billfish are caught and released each year – starting in June and July with the peak season in August and September. Craving a fresh seafood dinner? Tuna and dolphin (mahi) are other popular offshore catches caught throughout the summer and into the fall.

Sound Fishing

Backwater fishing can be done in the area’s many sounds, including the Roanoke, Croatan and Pamlico. Speckled trout, red drum, flounder, spot, croaker, and striped bass are some of the many fish you may find yourself reeling in when casting a line in the back waters surrounding the Outer Banks. Take a small boat out or charter a vessel with an experienced crew. Looking for a bit of solitude? Even fly fishing is popular in the area.

What Fish Are in Season from Now Until Labor Day on the Outer Banks?

July: Dolphin, wahoo, blue marlin, sailfish, white marlin, sea mullet, flounder, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, shrimp, crabs, soft crabs, spot and croaker.
August: Blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, tuna, bluefish, flounder, Spanish mackerel, croaker, speckled trout, spot, shrimp and crabs.
September: White Marlin, blue marlin, sailfish, tuna, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, spot, bluefish, speckled trout, sea mullet, red drum, shrimp, and striped bass.

The following is a regulations list for the months of July, August and September for some of the more popular fishes:

State Coastal Waters * (internal and 0-3 miles out); Exclusive Economic Zone EEZ (3-200 miles out)

Striped Bass: 28” min. size, 2 per person/ day for Atlantic Ocean year-round.
Grouper: 20” min. size, 3/ day (24” for black and gag, 1/day)*; same for EEZ.
King Mackerel: 24” min. size, 3/day*; same for EEZ.
Spanish Mackerel: 12” min. size, 15/day; same for EEZ.
Blue Marlin: 99” min size, 1/vessel/trip either Blue or White Marlin; 99” and state rules apply when landing for EEZ.
White Marlin: 66” min size, 1/vessel/trip either Blue or White Marlin; 66” and state rules apply when landing for EEZ.
Mullet: no restrictions other than 200/day*; same for EEZ.
Speckled Trout: 14” min. size, 4/day*; same for EEZ.
For a complete Marine Fisheries list, click here. Follow these fishing guidelines and helpful hints and explore the infinite possibilities of an Outer Banks fishing expedition.

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